Vega Escal

"This wine is a good example of the move...toward reds that show a cleaner and clearer expression of the place, rather than emphasizing power." —
Patricio Tapia, Wine & Spirits Magazine
Appellation
Priorat D.O.Q.
Grape(s)
55% Garnacha, 25% Syrah, and 20% Carignan, from vines between 10-50 years old
Altitude/Soil
260 meters / combination of granite and Llicorella (slate)
Farming Methods
In transition from traditional methods to sustainable; dry farmed
Harvest
hand harvested in starting in late September
Production
bunches are hand sorted, 3 day cold maceration with skins, 30 day fermentation with daily pump-over
Aging
Aged 6 months in medium toast, 225 or 300 liter French Allier and American oak barrels
Suggested Retail Price
$24
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Vega Escal 2014
92 (IWR) 92 (VfC) *** (WP)
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92 International Wine Report A blend of largely Grenache with the remainder Syrah and Carignan, this starts off with heady aromas of boysenberry cordial, pipe tobacco and damp earth. Smooth and plush, the wine unveils a nice combination of red and dark fruits in the glass. Building over time, herbal notes come into play and add further complexity.
June 2018
92 View from the Cellar The 2014 vintage of Vega Escal is comprised of a blend of fifty-five percent garnaxta, twenty-five percent cariñena and twenty percent syrah. The wine is raised in a combination of French Allier and American oak casks, but only for six months’ time, so as to not get too oaky. This vintage comes in at 14.5 percent alcohol and offers up a complex bouquet of black raspberries, cassis, roasted meats, stony soil tones, garrigue and a bit of smoky new oak. On the palate the wine is deep, full-bodied, focused and very well-balanced, with a fine core of fruit, good soil signature, lovely textural sophistication and a long, modestly tannic and complex finish. This is excellent juice, with a sense of restraint that is very hard to find in Priorat! 2020-2050.
Issue #78 - November/December 2018
*** The Washington Post Priorat is Spain’s Chateauneuf-du-Pape in that it produces big red wines with ample tannin and alcohol. This wine has a bit of an identity crisis, as it’s labeled as a blend of grenache (the French name for what is garnacha in Spain), shiraz (the Australian name for syrah) and carignan (which is sometimes called carinena in Spain). Never mind that: The wine is delicious, and big, with firm tannic structure and a bright core of fruit shining through. Alcohol by volume: 14 percent.
Great Value *** = Exceptional
"Five $20 wines good enough for a millionaire like Steven Mnuchin" Dave McIntyre, May 11, 2018
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